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Oakland Raiders Give Darren McFadden Just 12 Touches Against Steelers?

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders hands the ball off to teammate Darren McFadden #20 during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIINovember 21, 2010

Heading into the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Darren McFadden was leading the league in rushing yards per game with 108.  He is the Raiders' best weapon on offense. 

He can be used in multiple ways from multiple positions and formations.  He can line up in the backfield, in the slot, out wide and even take snaps from the QB position.

The Steelers have one of the best defenses in the league.  There is no question about that.  They are the best at stopping the run and are on a record breaking pace thus far in that category. 

The Raiders couldn't get anything going against the "Steel Curtain."  I think they should have went at the Steelers in an entirely different way.

We came out passing and had a little success leading to three points.  From that point on the offense stalled and was completely ineffective.  What I didn't like about our approach on offense was the fact that McFadden didn't get that many opportunities to make plays.

He got 10 rushing attempts and caught two passes.  We needed to have him touch the ball way more than that if we wanted a fair shot at a victory.  We needed to get McFadden the ball in space so that he could make a big play. 

Hue Jackson didn't dial up enough plays designed to get the ball in the hands of the best offensive player the Raiders have.

McFadden should have been used in the screen game a lot in this one.  The Steelers are known for their aggressive defensive style, so some screen plays to McFadden would have worked. 

Quarterback Jason Campbell was subpar, so they should have started calling more short passes to the RBs. 

I would have also liked to see that Wild Hog formation they busted out in the win against the Chiefs.  That would have been another way to get the ball in the hands of McFadden.  He might have been able to find some room out of that formation. 

The Wild Hog would have also gotten both McFadden & Bush on the field together, as well as take the ball out of the hands of the ineffective Campbell. 

Oh well. There is always next week.  A Miami Dolphins team with a lot of problems might be just what we need to get back on track. 

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